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Time to mod the SX

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by splitcoilsenior, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. splitcoilsenior


    Jan 18, 2009
    Well...I just got my Schecter Elite 4 (2009) and I love it...but..I need more =), and i'm gonna get rid of my moded Squier P bass (same model as Jordash's)

    The only thing I need help with it getting the right stuff in my SX.
    I need new
    -Pick ups
    -Tuners (maybe)

    OFF TOPIC: Does anyone know a good drum machine I could use to get better, that's not to pricey.

    EDIT: I'm 15 years old, and jobless, please include the price of the mod. Thanks

    So I ask you fellow bassists for your input. BTW this is what model SX I have.
    http://www.rondomusic.com/sjb62ct.html but with a black PG.
  2. __HM__


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    -Badass II. Period.
    -Dark Stars, for ***** n' giggles, and some added modding fun. ;)
    -I have a hard-on for D'Addario Flatwounds.. 45s. :D
    -Hipshots? Why not. I've never replaced tuners before, never saw the need.
  3. __HM__


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    And I apologize for my use of the "S" word, I'm new here, gimme a break. :p
  4. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Gotoh bridge
    Fralin Js
    DR lo-riders
    I'd also put on a different nut, either corian or bone (or if you want brightness, brass)
    Hipshot Ultralites.
  5. fender threaded saddle bridge
    SD Basslines
    LaBella flats
    Bone nut
  6. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    These are my picks based on what I've used in my own J-style basses:
    -Bridge: Hipshot vintage-style are classy and functional
    -Pick ups: Seymour Duncan Antiquity IIs
    -Strings: DR Sunbeams or R. Coccos are my favs
    -Tuners (maybe): Hipshot
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Bridge - Hipshot. None better.
    Pickups - DiMarzio Ultra J's, each with a push/pull pot for series/parallel switching.
    Strings - Roundwound nickel.
    Tuners - Hipshot

    Get all this from www.bestbassparts.com
    Carvin also sells nice replacement parts for good prices.
  8. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I find it fascinating that people are recommending all kinds of mods when the OP didn't state why he wanted to make changes, or what was wrong with the stock hardware and electronics.
  9. bobknowsbass


    Jul 27, 2009
    Monrovia, CA
  10. Play more, mod less.
  11. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I'm looking at this as a "what would you do?" thread.
  12. bui


    Feb 24, 2009
    I'm with this....if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    Strings...play the stock ones before swapping them. You might end up liking the sound.

    Pickups...again, the stock ones work well. You might have to look at the electronics and clean up the solder joints, but as for dropping in new pickups? Wait and see if you can get the sound you want out of the stock ones.

    The tuners on SX basses are decent and hold tune just fine.

    The only thing I would change is the bridge since the saddles like to move around quite a bit...
  13. I never owned an SX bass but I do have an SX guitar and the pickups are very weak. The rest of it seems pretty much at par with a squier.
  14. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    The Essex tuners are ok. Not the best but they work.
    The pickups are ok. Seymour Duncans are better.
    The pots are not that good. Replacing pots is cheap and good pots sound better than cheap ones (usually).
    For bridges I prefer Schaller. There are several good brands of bridges.
    Put some straploks on your bass. They are cheap.

    I also replace the necks on SX basses sometimes and add preamps. That gets expensive.

  15. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Fair enough. Still, the only way I see this as being helpful is if reasons are given for the particular mod choices listed.
  16. splitcoilsenior


    Jan 18, 2009
  17. I was in the same position as you a year ago. I ended up getting: Seymour Duncan "Hot For Pbass pickups", a new bridge, and knobs (as mine had fallen off) This is on a Jay Turser P-bass copy. Everything I bought came from warmoth.
    1. Ditch the flimsy steel bridge and replace with an ebony or corian bridge and drill the body to make it a string-through. Nothing's better for a more solid contact patch between strings and body.
    2. Re-wind the stock pickups with 43 gauge poly-coat to 10k and 10.5K ohms, cut in half and then machine or grind the steel poles so that they're flush with the tops of the covers with neos sandwiched between pole ends.
    3. Pop out the cheap plastic nut, grind down the little end of the rosewood fingerboard that is on the head side of the nut and install a larger nut with a larger contact patch made of corian.
    4. Level the frets and crown them.
    5. Restring with Rotosound FM66s.

    But hey, that's just me.
  18. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    D'addario Chromes, fo sho.
  19. a really cheap and fun mod is to put in new electronics. If you don't have enough for new pickups, buying 500k pots and a new output jack will give you some extra oomph and clarity from the stock pickups.

    Also, new strings.

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